There were some bright spots in the first half, but two turnovers that led to defensive touchdowns in the second half should be grounds for expulsion, never mind a flunking grade. Even after blowing a 21-0 lead, the Giants had a chance to go ahead by five points late in the fourth quarter but had to settle for a field goal that left them with a vulnerable two-point edge with 3:26 left. "We knew we had to score a touchdown," Tom Coughlin said. Eli Manning was sacked four times, and twice he fumbled. He didn't throw an interception, though. So there's that.
It's one thing to give up a late game-winning drive to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, quite another to allow Blake Bortles and the Jaguars to march down the field and kick the deciding field goal. The Giants certainly put pressure on Bortles -- he was sacked seven times -- but they could not contain him on runs of 11 and 20 yards on the final drive. They also were unable to force any takeaways from the rookie quarterback. The Jaguars converted only 3 of 12 third downs in the game. So there's that.
Josh Brown picked an inopportune time to miss a field-goal attempt for the first time this season, a 43-yarder that went wide right in the third quarter. He eventually kicked a 33-yarder that briefly put the Giants back on top. Steve Weatherford had a strong day punting with a net of 47.8 yards, but Odell Beckham Jr. averaged only 9.6 yards on five punt returns and made some dubious decisions. Coughlin said he thought the Giants had a chance to block the game-winning field goal. They did not.
Beckham was targeted on passes only twice in the second half. It's easy to say the Giants needed to be more aggressive with a big lead, as Beckham noted, but with a battered O-line, there wasn't much of a chance to allow Manning to throw the ball. Defensively, the Giants did a good job of holding Bortles' running in check throughout most of the game and put good pressure on him, but that fell apart in the fourth quarter when they started playing more zone than man.